Less Is More
February 2014

A Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry ScanNeed to Know vs Nice to Know

Author Affiliations
  • 1American Board of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):183. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.12819

I know I am not alone in this. While making sure that my children and pets received all recommended vaccinations and medical care, it had been 8 years since I had seen a health care provider. My reasons for joining the ranks of the lost to follow-up are typical: I changed jobs, my gynecologist moved away, and I was embarrassed to have gone so long without having seen a physician. I had another reason for my absence: unlike most patients, I know what preventive care can and cannot do in terms of lengthening life, or at least improving its quality.

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